A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Simple controls; easy to learn.
Violence & Scariness
While you shoot enemy planes down and they occasionally explode, there's no human suffering shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
Like the quarter-gobbling machine it sprang from, this game is an eternal joy. 1942 Mobile is a faithful, well-executed transition to a new platform and remains as addictive (and challenging) as its arcade incarnation. You'll once again shoot down swarms of enemy pilots as you fly your 8-bit plane over an endless ocean, maneuvering your craft across the screen to dodge incoming fire and barrel-rolling to avoid collisions. The game is set in the Pacific theater, and your ultimate goal is to destroy the entire Japanese air fleet. But, as in many 1980s games, 1942 Mobile is less focused on plot and centers its attentions entirely on gameplay.
To avoid frustrating new players, the game now offers a casual mode that starts you with all the bonus weapons you collect during the game. It's a throwback to simpler gaming days that some people may not appreciate, but those who liked the original will certainly find something to enjoy here -- and won't have to keep rushing over to the change machine to break another dollar.
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